Matt KempThe Los Angeles Dodgers will enter the 2014 as one of the favorites to win the World Series and a big reason for that is the return of a healthy Matt Kemp.

Kemp’s 2013 came to an end because of an ankle injury, but he also battled through hamstring and shoulder injuries as well. Kemp underwent ankle and shoulder surgery after he was shut down for the playoffs and it still remains unclear whether or not he’ll be ready for Opening Day in Australia. According to Kemp, his shoulder feels great, but his ankle hasn’t healed completely.

The Dodgers would love to have Kemp back as soon as possible, but they have three capable outfielders to start the season if he isn’t ready. Kemp doesn’t want to rush back, which makes sense since the Dodgers much rather have him be 100 percent. Kemp does believe he’s an everyday player, which will make things interesting until the logjam is lifted.

Management has said from day one that they would field calls, but haven’t been blown away enough to trade an outfielder. The return of a healthy Kemp could push the Dodgers over the hump, with his play on the field.

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